Marlborough, big on wine

Marlborough has 20% of New Zealand’s coastline, 75% percent of its wine production – including its world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc – excellent bike trails, awesome walking tracks and an abundance of gourmet food. It offers a fantastic blend of outdoor activities, from relaxed to more adventurous, around its labyrinth of bush-lined peninsulas and bays. Before being whisked away by the rest of the South Island, be sure to explore the lovely Marlborough region.

Cool facts

  • The Mikhail Lermontov, a Russian cruise ship that sank in Port Gore in 1986, is the world’s largest driveable cruise-ship wreck.
  • The small Hector’s dolphin, one of the rarest dolphins in the world, can often be spotted off the Marlborough region’s shores.
  • Havelock is crowned the “green-shelled mussel capital of the world” for its colourful (and tasty) mussels.
  • Marlborough has more than 40 cellar door.

Must do's

  • Bring your own bike or hire one and explore Marlborough wine country. Biking wine tours in the region offer “support vehicles” to pick you up if you get too tipsy or buy more bottles than your pannier can carry.
  • Cruise or kayak the Marlborough Sounds.
  • Discover the native bush and pristine bays on The Queen Charlotte Track.
  • In Havelock, hope aboard a fishing charter where snapper and greenshell mussels are on the menu.

Marlborough Accommodation

  • AAA Marlin Motel

    AAA Marlin Motel, Picton Motels & Motor Lodges

    Located on a quiet block well away from main road and with impressive mountain views, AAA Marlin Motel (Member MANZ ) is set in gardens of citrus...

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  • AAA Marlin Motel

    AAA Marlin Motel, Picton Motels & Motor Lodges

    Located on a quiet block well away from main road and with impressive mountain views, AAA Marlin Motel (Member MANZ ) is set in gardens of citrus...

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  • Knightsbridge Court Motor Lodge

    Knightsbridge Court Motor Lodge, Blenheim Motels & Motor Lodges

    Knightsbridge Court Motor Lodge is a Motel accommodation in Blenheim, Marlborough. Accommodation comprises of 18 self-contained motel units, serviced...

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  • Spring Creek Holiday Park

    Spring Creek Holiday Park, Spring Creek Holiday Parks & Camping Grounds

    6km north of Blenheim, 22km south of Picton. 40 tent and 35 power sites, 9 cabins, 3 ensuite cabins, 48-bed lodge for backpackers and bus tour groups....

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  • 171 on High Motel

    171 on High Motel, Blenheim Motels & Motor Lodges

    171 on High Motel offers Qualmark 4-star plus and Enviro Silver rated motel accommodation in Blenheim, Marlborough. Accommodation consists of 12...

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  • Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park

    Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park, Kaikoura Holiday Parks & Camping Grounds

    Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park is an award-winning 5-star Holiday Park centrally located 300m to town centre and whale watch with views of the Kaikoura...

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Marlborough Activites

  • Seal Swim Kaikoura

    Seal Swim Kaikoura, Kaikoura Family Attractions

    Swim with wild New Zealand fur seals in the shallow bays of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Recently listed by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10...

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  • Kaikoura Kayaks

    Kaikoura Kayaks, Kaikoura Water Activities

    Say G'day' to the playful NZ fur seals. Watch them dive and manoeuvre around & under your kayak, paddle with them as they swim around hunting for...

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  • Dolphin Encounter

    Dolphin Encounter, Kaikoura Family Attractions

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  • Albatross Encounter

    Albatross Encounter, Kaikoura Family Attractions

    Albatross Encounter is exactly that - a close up 'birds eye' view by boat of the magnificent albatross and many other seabird species found along the...

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